Lizzy Musi and the team made major improvements from the PDRA opener two weeks prior in Pro Nitrous, winning a round in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart at Darlington Dragway.
That was a positive move as the team made strides, while Pat Musi Racing Engines customer Tommy Franklin also enjoyed another banner weekend, winning his second straight Pro Nitrous race in his Musi-powered “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro.
“We came out of this weekend feeling positive,” Pat Musi said. “We finally figured what was going on and we almost snuck up on it. As a team, we’re getting there and we made some progress. We’re coming around, we just have to continue to make some adjustments. Tommy is running really well and that team has it figured out right now. I’m happy to see a customer succeed and perform at that level. Everybody gets the same power from our shop and their car is running great.”
Just two weeks after the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) started its 2020 season at GALOT Motorsports Park, Lizzy Musi and Musi Racing will look to get on track at this weekend’s PDRA Carolina Showdown at Darlington Dragway.
It’s a short stretch between races, but it’s also an opportunity to rectify the first-round loss at the opener in the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart.
The team struggled all weekend at GALOT, leading to plenty of hard work and changes heading into Darlington.
“I don’t like to narrow it down to one thing, but we’ve changed a lot heading into Darlington,” Pat Musi said. “We’ve put some things back to where they were when we ran fast, so I think we’ll be good. (GALOT) was a tough one, but everybody is upbeat and ready to go. We’ve got good info and data from Darlington, so I like our chances. I think we’ll be okay.”
BENSON, NC — Through varying weather conditions and a loaded Pro Nitrous field, Pat Musi Racing Engines customer Tommy Franklin was consistently good in all areas, rolling to the victory on Sunday as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) kicked off its 2020 season with the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC.
From qualifying second in his “Jungle Rat” ’69 Camaro to putting together four straight runs in the 3.60s in eliminations, Franklin used Musi power to dominate race day. He ran 3.687-seconds at 205.51 mph in the final round to pick up the victory.
“It’s been a crazy year for everybody already. My team is awesome and they don’t stop working,” Franklin said. “We definitely had challenges, but from a race car standpoint, we have an awesome combination with that Pat Musi horsepower. The car was flawless all weekend and we just put it together and made some really solid runs.”
The start of the season was delayed two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Franklin and his team were locked in at GALOT. They had a strong test session at the track the Franklin family owns, Virginia Motorsports Park, and carried that momentum into the PDRA opener.
But the team is back for this weekend’s Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) season opener, the East Coast Nationals at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC, and Pat and Lizzy Musi are ready to pick up where they left off.
Lizzy Musi last piloted the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart to the winner’s circle at the U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, FL, in January, and she’ll look to do the same to kick off the PDRA season — even if it has been a far longer wait than anyone expected.
“We’re excited to get rolling and we know we’ve got a good car,” Pat Musi said. “We had a fast car in Florida, and we learned a lot that hopefully we can keep going. We’ve got it set up to test some stuff, but if we can’t do that, we can put back in what we used in Florida. You saw the results there. We went fast and had a really good weekend.”
ACL Partners with Musi Racing, Named Official Supplier of Performance Engine Bearings of Pat Musi Racing Engines
MOORESVILLE, NC — Pat Musi Racing Engines continues to involve new companies in its drag racing world, announcing today a new partnership with ACL Bearing Company. ACL has been involved in drag racing for a number of years but this deal marks their first major American drag racing sponsorship. ACL RACE Series Performance Engine Bearings will be named the Official Engine Bearing of Pat Musi Racing Engines.
Pat Musi worked with ACL to help design and engineer a custom engine bearing for all of his applications, which he used with great success during the 2019 racing season. That relationship will continue on a larger scale in 2020, as Pat Musi Racing Engines will continue using the custom engine bearing set, as well as display the ACL logo on the PDRA Pro Nitrous Dodge Dart and the Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings “Aftershock” Camaro, both driven by Lizzy Musi.
“ACL is a great company with a great product and we’re really pleased to be working with them,” Pat Musi said. “I believe in their engine bearings and they are our bearing of choice. They were very receptive to the input we had, and it’s been exciting for both of us to work together and come up with a great bearing.”
With the partnership, SRI Performance will provide materials and products for Musi Racing, enlarging its footprint in drag racing. That includes the “Aftershock” Camaro driven by Lizzy Musi in Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings competition, which is aired worldwide on Discovery.
“SRI Performance has been wanting to get more involved in drag racing and this was a great opportunity for both of us. They’re a great company and we’re excited to get the chance to work with them,” Pat Musi said. “They’re the supplier in our area for parts and supplies and it’s a go-to spot for a lot of people, so it’s nice to have the chance to work with a group like that. They really like the Street Outlaws scene and wanted to get involved there as well. It’s a group of good people. I want to partner with people I believe in, and we believe in SRI.”
With a long history of success in many different types of racing, SRI Performance has built a strong name in the industry as a top supplier of high-performance parts and professional racing products.
MOORESVILLE, NC — Pat Musi Racing Engines announced the addition of experienced engine builder Paul Hoskins to its talented team.
Hoskins brings a wealth of drag racing and engine building knowledge to the company. He’s been part of four NHRA Pro Stock championship teams, including most recently with Tanner Gray and Gray Motorsports, where Hoskins served as the lead engine builder.
His expertise with naturally aspirated engines brings a valuable aspect to Pat Musi Racing Engines, and Hoskins is eager to tackle the challenges that await.
“I’m very excited to be doing something with Pat,” Hoskins said. “Pro Mod and Pro Nitrous have always been a passion of mine. I think there are a lot of things from the naturally aspirated cars that will apply to the Pro Mod world. It’s a steep learning curve, but it’s going to be interesting to work with the big engines and the Pro Nitrous cars.”
Before working at Gray Motorsports for six years, Hoskins spent more than five years working with Pro Stock veteran Mike Edwards. He was part of a championship-winning team there, too, while Hoskins was also part of championship teams for Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Jim Yates while spending 16 years with Dart Machinery.